I only got a chance to spend a couple days in Charlotte, but it was worth the trip. I had never been to Charlotte before, but I got a couple of recommendations from a friend on a few sites to see and it was surprisingly hip and progressive.
The high point though, was the people. In every situation we ran into, I found the people to be very hospitable. Their customer service and willingness to make things enjoyable for visitors made it a very enjoyable trip.
They call Charlotte the Queen City and I spent couple of days trying to figure out why that was until I ran into this sign and statue.
Turns out that the City of Charlotte was named after Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg, grandmother of Queen Victoria of England. She was a patroness of the arts, an amateur botanist, and had 15 children.
Interestingly enough, Queen Charlotte is somewhat controversial because of speculation she may have been if at least partial African ancestry.